NHL Roundup: Flames deny Eichel trade rumors; Crosby hits COVID list; and Stanley Cup cleansed

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Mar 2, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (9) stretches in warm-ups prior to a game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett-POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

According to Emily Kaplan’s latest report, she states that it is down to the Calgary Flames and Vegas Golden Knights. This is backing her ESPN colleague Kevin Weekes’ own information that started this latest round of trade buzz on Friday.

“There was a lot of work done over the weekend and today I was told a trade is at the 1 yard line.” Emily said on ESPN. “There’s still some final details they’ve got to figure out. I’m told that Buffalo GM Kevyn Adams is working extremely hard at this to get a deal done.”

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Flames deny Jack Eichel trade rumors

The Sabres have remained steadfast in their stance that they will not retain salary in any Eichel trade. Some of the hold up could very well be involving a third team to help with retaining some of Jack’s $10M AAV for the remainder of his deal (4 more years).

There’s been plenty of talk surrounding the Vegas Golden Knights, but the tidbit about the Flames being a sleeper just went into a deep slumber.

Flames head coach, Darryl Sutter was asked about the Jack Eichel trade rumors involving Calgary today. “I wasn’t aware of that,” he said. “That’s just a media thing, to be quite honest. He’s an inactive, active player.”

Obviously Sutter would not come out and say a trade was close or that he even had knowledge. It’s still amusing to see this melodrama play out in real time.

Update: Flames offer has Matthew Tkachuk in it. Read Here.

Stanley Cup has name removed

The name of convicted sex offender Brad Aldrich, who worked as a video coach for the Chicago Blackhawks, has been removed from the Stanley Cup, TSN reported Wednesday.

The outlet said his name was “x’ed out” over the weekend when the names of the world champion Tampa Bay Lightning were added.

Last week, Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz asked the Hockey Hall of Fame to remove Aldrich’s name after an investigation confirmed he sexually assaulted a player during the team’s 2010 Stanley Cup run.

Kyle Beach, who was part of the team at the end of that season, stepped forward and identified himself as the player.

Crosby added to COVID List

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Pittsburgh Penguins superstar captain Sidney Crosby and defenseman Brian Dumoulin sat out Wednesday’s practice after testing positive for COVID-19, head coach Mike Sullivan announced.

The Penguins said Crosby has mild symptoms and Dumoulin is asymptomatic. Both players were placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.

  • Jakob Silfverberg, ANA
  • Riley Stillman, CHI
  • Jujhar Khaira, CHI
  • Henrik Borgstrom, CHI
  • Max Domi, CBJ
  • Viktor Arvidsson, LAK
  • Gabriel Vilardi, LAK
  • Mats Zuccarello, MIN
  • Rem Pitlick, MIN
  • David Rittch, NSH
  • Sidney Crosby, PIT
  • Brian Dumoulin, PIT
  • Chad Ruhwedel, PIT
  • Marcus Pettersson, PIT
  • Kevin Labanc, SJS
  • Timo Meier, SJS
  • Erik Karlsson, SJS
  • Jake Middleton, SJS
  • Matt Nieto, SJS
  • Radim Simek, SJS
  • Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJS
  • Jared McCann, SEA
  • Ville Husso, STL
  • Ryan O’Reilly, STL
  • Kyle Clifford, STL

–Field Level Media contributed to this report

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